This is a sponsored article on behalf of Wagamama.
As much as we love London's cherry blossom season — those precious few weeks when the capital is awash with vivid pink blooms — it frankly pales in comparison to hanami. In Japan, the springtime arrival of the country's spectacular sakura blossoms is kind of a big deal. Friends and families mark the occasion by eating, drinking, and singing together under the cherry trees, in a celebration known as hanami. And now, Wagamama brings the tradition to London...
The beloved Asian-inspired food chain invites you to get a taste of hanami at its Marylebone restaurant. From now until 15 May, Wagamama Wigmore Street (along with several other Wagamama eateries across the UK) is absolutely dripping in cherry blossoms. And these millennial pink installations are guaranteed to attract more than a few Instagram likes.
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But that's not all. On Wednesday 10 April and Wednesday 17 April, the eatery hosts an intimate hanami celebration, featuring a special menu, Asahi Super Dry, and sakura-inspired origami.
You'll encounter the art of karakuchi pairing, with a curated meal, perfectly complimented by a couple of dry and crisp cold ones (or a cherry blossom spritz cocktail, if you're not a beer person), while pioneering paper artist Coco Sato teaches you the tricks of her trade.
Hanami at Wagamama Wigmore Street, Marylebone until 15 May 2019. The ticketed events take place on Wednesday 10 April and Wednesday 17 April, and cost £30. Click here to book. Can't make it to London? Wagamama is running similar events in Harrogate and York.